The Wye tour: or Gilpin on the Wye, with picturesque additions, from Wheatley, Price, &c. and archaeological illustrations

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Page 26 - After sailing four Miles from Ross, we came to Goodrich-castle, where a very grand view presented itself; and we rested on our oars to examine it. A reach of the river, forming a noble bay, is spread before the eye. The bank, on the right, is steep, and covered with wood; beyond which a bold promontory shoots out, crowned with a castle, rising among the trees.
Page 21 - There is an easy ascent to the top, and the view far preferable to that on Castle-hill (which you remember) because this is lower and nearer to the Lake: for I find all points that are much elevated spoil the beauty of the valley, and make its parts (which are not large) look poor and diminutive.
Page 8 - But the rock, bleak, naked, and unadorned, seems scarcely to deserve a place among them. Tint it with mosses, and lychens of various hues, and you give it a degree of beauty. Adorn it with shrubs, and hanging herbage, and you still make it more picturesque. Connect it with wood, and water, and broken ground: and you make it in the highest degree interesting.
Page 12 - ... a greater rapidity, and more agitation to a certain degree are animating; but in excess, instead of wakening, they alarm the senses; the roar and the rage of a torrent, its force, its violence, its impetuosity, tend to inspire terror; that terror, which, whether as cause or effect, is so nearly allied to sublimity...
Page 26 - Nature is always great in design, but unequal in composition. She is an admirable colourist; and can harmonize her tints with infinite variety, and inimitable beauty: but is seldom so correct in composition, as to produce an harmonious whole. Either the foreground, or the background, is disproportioned: or some awkward line runs across the piece: or a tree is illplaced: or a bank is formal: or something, or other is not exactly what it should be.
Page 152 - He sat in the hall of his shells in Lochlin's woody land. He called the grey-haired Snivan, that often sung round the circle of Loda : when the stone of power heard his voice, and battle turned in the field of the valiant ! "Go, grey-haired Snivan," Starno said, "go to Ardven's sea-surrounded rocks.
Page 64 - A more pleasing retreat could not easily be found. The woods and glades intermixed; the winding of the river; the variety of the ground; the splendid ruin, contrasted with the objects of nature; and the elegant line formed by the summits of the hills, which include the whole; make all together a very enchanting piece of scenery.
Page 34 - Church unfolds itsell next; and is a scene of great grandeur. Here both sides of the river are steep, and both woody; but in one, the woods are intermixed with rocks. The deep umbrage of the forest of Dean occupies the front; and the spire of the church rises among the treos.
Page 104 - If an opinion must be given concerning the hack question, "which is the grandest scene on the Wye " the answer must be, " the Prospect from Windcliff." It is not only magnificent, but it is so novel, that it excites an involuntary start of astonishment, and so sublime that it elevates the mind into instantaneous rapture. Its parts consist in a most uncommon combination of wood, rock, water, sky, and plain; of height, and abyss, of rough and smooth, of recess and projection, of fine landscape anear,...
Page 45 - ... on the left, and is the .grand feature of the view. It is not a broad fractured face of rock; but. rather a woody hill, from which large rocky projections in two or three places, burst out, rudely hung with twisting branches and...

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